Asia-Pacific Workshop on Women's Inclusion for Sustainable Forests and Climate Summary Report: What Works?
This report contains the findings of a workshop in Thailand in 2014 that focused on addressing gender gaps in REDD+ activities in the Asia-Pacific region.
The workshop drew more than 60 foresters, gender and REDD+ experts, and representatives from the private sector, women’s organizations, and other civil society groups from 16 countries.
Participants agreed that there has been remarkable progress toward addressing gender equality in REDD+ in the Asia-Pacific region in recent years, but that challenges remain. The report said the region should learn from lessons drawn from programs that have included women in sustainable forest management and promote those in the REDD+ context.
The report said that addressing gender gaps in REDD+ requires integrating the practical and strategic needs of women into REDD+ activities and broader sustainable development and poverty strategies. Current initiatives to address gender gaps in REDD+ are largely limited to awareness raising and training but lack the financial resources and expertise for enforcement.
Participants agreed that there should be more institutional responsiveness on gender integration efforts to promote enforcement in the region.